Report: Fisheries Management, Marine Protection sub-committee activity
August – October 2017
For: New Zealand Sport Fishing Council club delegates, Zone meetings and
Board meeting November 2017
By: Scott Macindoe and fisheries management contractors
Date: 24th October 2017
1. Gamefish update
a. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission has released new stock assessments for
yellowfin and bigeye tuna. It appears that there has been strong yellowfin recruitment (pulse of young
fish entering the fishery) in recent years. This aligns well with the run of small fish in New Zealand in
2015 and 2016. If we get the right conditions yellowfin could be back, to some degree, in 2018.
b. The bigeye tuna assessment was much more positive than previous ones, largely because of the new
growth estimates used. Additional work will be carried out to confirm these changes. However, this
may mean that there is less pressure on the Fisheries Commission to reduce catch of bigeye, with
restrictions on longline and purse seine fishing, at their meeting in December.
c. The new stock assessment for southern bluefin tuna is complete. It shows an increase in stock size
with a pulse of 9 to 12 year olds starting to become part of the spawning stock. The international
allocation for New Zealand will increase from 1000 t to 1088 t in 2018. MPI will be running a
management review in the next few months.
2. Fisheries Management – Marine Protection meetings
Since November 2016 New Zealand Sport Fishing Council (NZSFC) representatives have attended:
a. MPI Working Group meetings –
i. Marine Amateur Fishing Working Group.
ii. Northern Inshore Working Group.
iii. Rock Lobster Working Group (Crayfish 2 stock assessment meetings) (4).
iv. IEMARS Implementation Advisory Group Meeting (3).
v. Inshore Plenary Meeting (2).
3. Fisheries Management Annual Report 2017
a. The First Edition of the Fisheries Management Annual Report 2017 was distributed to delegates at the
NZSFC AGM held in Tauranga in mid-September.
b. The Second Edition of the Report has now been completed and is available here. Copies are available
for distribution to clubs, and available to affiliates and members on request.
4. Surveys underway to estimate recreational harvest
a. Two important surveys are under way to measure harvest by marine recreational fishers.
b. Over the next 12 months NIWA will be measuring and counting fish landed by recreational anglers at
popular boat ramps. This large-scale survey will also collect aerial counts of boats fishing and estimate
the total recreational harvest for key species from North Cape to Cape Runaway.
c. The National Research Bureau (NRB) has recruited a national panel of fishers who will be interviewed
at regular intervals. Their responses will be used to estimate number of fish landed in 2017-18 by all
fishing methods, including land-based catch.
d. The collated results will be compared to the same surveys run in 2011-12.
e. The Fisheries Management team encourage you to cooperate with the researchers if they phone you
or approach you on the boat ramp.
f. While we are disappointed the survey was delayed a year, we are pleased it is finally underway.
g. If asked, please be honest and accurate with your information in the knowledge that you are
contributing to the future management of our precious fisheries.
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5. The Fisheries Management and Marine Protection Subcommittee
a. This subcommittee is made up of Board members Peter Campbell, Mark Connor, Lewis Avenell,
Wayne Bicknell, Richard Baker and Scott Macindoe.
b. Contractors: John Holdsworth, Trish Rea, Josh Barclay, Barry Torkington and Paul Brislen
c. We enjoy the participation of enthusiastic delegates who are welcome to attend.
d. Our next Fisheries Management subcommittee meeting is scheduled for Friday 10th November. Please
email or call Scott if you would like to attend – firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 622463.
6. The 8
th World Recreational Fishing Conference
a. John Holdsworth and Josh Barclay travelled to Victoria, Canada to attend the 8
th World Recreational
Fishing Conference in July, attended by 390 people from 19 countries. The theme of the conference –
The Future of Recreational Fishing Around the World.
b. We learned:
i. Even in developed countries allocation between sectors is contentious and difficult, while in
developing countries the lines between subsistence, local market and commercial are blurred.
ii. More effort toward an ecosystem approach (whole system) is needed.
iii. Many smart phone apps have been developed but none are likely to replace the need for
recreational harvest surveys. The quality of New Zealand harvest surveys is high.
c. A report of the presentations can be read here.
7. Marlborough Marine Futures Plan
a. A group of Trustees is developing a Marlborough Marine Futures Marine Spatial Plan, along the lines
of the Sea Change Hauraki Gulf planning process. They have held several meetings which Josh
Barclay has attended on behalf of the NZSFC.
b. Between June and August 2017 the group ran a survey to gauge public opinion – 227 respondents of
which 80% supported the concept of a spatial plan whilst 11% were strongly opposed. There was some
misunderstanding that the Trustees were proposing marine reserves. Few people supported the
Trustees to be the group to lead this process.
c. Corporate commercial interests seem to be strongly opposed to the process, fearing their exclusion
from the Marlborough Sounds and outer regions.
d. There is not widespread public support for this initiative. NZSFC will continue to monitor
developments and report any progress.
8. Fisheries system review
a. We have had no feedback from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) established to monitor and have
input into the implementation of the next phase of the Fisheries system review.
b. It is our understanding the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IERMS) is being
implemented although there is a challenge against the implementation by some southern commercial
c. We will continue to monitor this process.
9. The Future Catch report – Randall Bess
a. Randall Bess presented his report, The Future Catch, to the NZSFC AGM in mid-September. Randall
was accompanied by Dr. Andrew Rowland (Recfishwest) and Sir Mark Solomon.
b. Randall has requested feedback to the report.
c. Draft feedback from the NZSFC is available on our website.
10. CRA 2 Stock Assessment
a. NZSFC submissions over the years have been critical of the rock lobster stock assessments and
management procedures. The response has been to ask for NZSFC involvement in the science working
group who does this work.
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b. CRA 2 is an important recreational fishery in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty and the CRA 2
campaign needed to be followed through with MPI and working group engagement.
c. John Holdsworth and Josh Barclay attended via Skype or in person at four working group meetings.
We were able to provide data of the recreational harvest estimates and size of crayfish caught.
d. Over the course of several meetings a paper on possible declines in productivity changed into estimates
of efficiency gains in the commercial fleet and then a more traditional use of vessel in the CPUE
standardisation. The net result showed long term declines in the CRA 2 stock and the need for
management action. This is more aligned to the feedback we are getting from recreational fishers.
e. The final step in the science process is the plenary meeting on 30 October. MPI will be hosting two
stakeholder meetings in CRA 2 during November to discuss management measures and rebuild times.
Report: Fisheries Management, Marine Protection sub-committee activity